The government this week celebrated National Freelancers Day by announcing the appointment of the UK’s first ‘freelancer tsar’ – David Morris MP.
Mr Morris will act as an ambassador for the rapidly growing self-employed workforce, and will work to highlight the challenges faced by freelancers, and the benefits of being self-employed.
The Tory MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale’s appointment has been welcomed by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, who have recently made calls for a self-employment champion within government.
The Association said: “The appointment of an ambassador for our sector shows that the government are ready to take action on the issues facing the millions of people working independently”.
Mr Morris, himself a small business owner, currently serves on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.
Ben Dunn, Finance Director at JSA Services comments on the announcement: “This appointment is a real step forward for the millions of people in self-employment in the UK. This significant proportion of the UK workforce will now have representation on the issues that impact them most.”